Coronavirus: Licensing & Hackney/Private Hire

Latest News and advice regarding Licensing & Hackney/Private Hire

Page Updated: 27 March 2020, 14:00

Licensing

Read the guidance and compliance advice - Opens in a new window for those businesses and other venues asked by the government to close as part of further social distancing measures. It is now an offence not to be closed.

Hackney/Private Hire

We appreciate that for most of us the impact of the virus is having a severe effect on our usual business and working practices, West Lindsey District Council are taking concerns about their residents, licence holders and staff safety very seriously. We understand that these are difficult and unknown times for everyone but would ask that you keep up to date with the latest Government guidance: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The Department of Transport (DoT) has provided an update on the status of taxi and private hire vehicles, advising that they can continue to work but only where absolutely necessary in light of the current government instruction to 'Stay at Home'.

COVID-19 Department of Transport Update: Taxis and PHVs

The DoT has released the following for information on the current situation regarding the continued working of taxis and private hire vehicles:

Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. That is the way to save lives and protect our NHS. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons to leave our houses are set out in the Government guidance on staying at home and away from others.

Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home.

Critical Worker Status

Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered Critical Workers. Those undertaking Home to School transport or the transport of ‘extremely vulnerable’ people may be considered Critical Workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical Workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.

The following information may be useful:

Coronavirus Information

Contacting the Licensing Team:

In response to the COVID 19 Pandemic the Council Offices, Guildhall, Marshall's Yard, Gainsborough is now closed until further notice.

As you can appreciate the Licensing Service is receiving an extremely high number of enquiries and our response time may be longer.

Please email licensing@west-lindsey.gov.uk should you wish to communicate with us.